Born: Vancouver, B.C.
DOB: Oct. 16, 1974 (27). Height: 5-10, Weight: 172. Shoots: Left. NHL team: Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
International history: Member of Canada's 1994 silver-medal winning Olympic team, scoring seven points in eight games. Selected for Canada's 1998 Olympic team, but missed the tournament because of a concussion. Won silver at 1996 world championships and played in 1993 tournament. He was a member of 1993 gold-medal winning world junior championship team.
What he brings: Exceptional first-step acceleration makes Kariya one of the fastest skaters in the world, enabling him to open up the ice for his linemates. As good a scorer as he is a playmaker, he is also capable of playing the point on the power play.
Career highlights: Member of 1995 NHL All-rookie team. Selected to play in four NHL all-star games (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001). Two-time winner of Lady Byng trophy (1996, 1997). Named to the NHL's first all-star team three times (1996, 1997, 1999). Runner-up for the 1996 Hart Trophy.